Ligon Duncan on God’s Sovereignty and Human Freedom

Ligon Duncan provides two quality video responses about a topic which always seems to be a hot issue among Christians: God’s sovereignty and human responsibility.

In the first video Duncan affirms that God’s sovereignty and human responsibility are not contradictory concepts but are assumed side by side in scripture. They are not mutually exclusive but are coordinate truths.

In the second video he defines human freedom (often called “free will”) from a correct understanding of the human condition in light of man’s utter sinfulness (total depravity).

If you have done any study on this issue (a theological understanding of “free will”), you will know that the definition of human freedom which Duncan supports is not unique to him but has been handed down from countless theologians throughout Church history. It is my opinion that having this understanding of human freedom in and of itself will clear up many of the difficult issues one might wrestle with concerning various “tension points” between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility.

See the videos below: